Alex: Internal Audit apprentice on the Internal Audit Practitioner level 4 apprenticeship
Alex tried a number of different roles before realising that he wanted to learn while he was earning, so an apprenticeship with an analytical slant was the perfect solution.
Why did you choose that specific apprenticeship?
I chose this specific apprenticeship as I knew it would be work of an analytical nature. It requires problem solving and logic which are things I need in a job to keep me focused! The other pulling factor was being able to work for the Trust! Such a unique organisation, I was really excited and intrigued by all the possible areas I could auditing!
Was there any decision between the apprenticeship route and any other route?
I have actually done a year and a half at university before! I loved the educational side to it but I needed something more structured and routine based. When I left university, the only thing I did know was that I had no idea what I wanted to do! I worked multiple jobs such as: Firefighter, Postman, Fraud Analyst & Articulated Dumper Truck Driver! I knew I was missing that educational side and came to the conclusion I wanted an apprenticeship! Best decision I’ve ever made.
What has been your proudest achievement on your apprenticeship to date?
My proudest achievement in my 2 months here at the Trust is, gaining the trust of my colleagues in the Risk & Assurance team! I was given the responsibility of going around the UK and carrying out audits in our F&B outlets by myself! This also meant I got to see some of our nation’s most beautiful and protected areas such as, Giant’s Causeway, Cliveden, Mount Stewart & Studland Bay!
How do you see your apprenticeship helping you in your career progression?
I have already learnt so much about the job role and about myself! Building on core skills I already had and learning new ones! The traits and skills I’m building on here will give me a strong foundation to progress in the coming years. The other great thing about the Trust is that I am able to spend time with other departments and people to really learn and understand how and why they do their job and the processes involved. As an internal auditor this is vital for us to try and help improve our organisation. But it also means I can build relationships with people up and down the hierarchy and it can really open your mind up to new levels of thought!
What would your advice be to anyone thinking about doing an apprenticeship?
Absolutely go for it! I think apprenticeships are the best choice for anyone that can get one! Getting a professional qualification, practical job experience, improving your soft skills and getting paid for it all! Just make sure you research the company or organisation you apply for! This will help for your interviews but more importantly gives you a good idea of whether or not you want to work for them!